popped bartholin cyst, Help!

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 am 19 yrs old and i had a very small pea sized bump on my right vaginal lip which i researched and realized was a bartholin cyst. ive had it for a week or two. Last night i decided to look at it myself and i was pressing on it a bit with tweezers to figure out what it was, and i popped it by accident and pus and blood came out. Aftwerwards, i sat in a warm bath for 10 minutes, dried it, and put antibiotic ointment on it. Then i filled an empty water bottle with hot water and slept with it compressed to that area. This morning i can feel there is no pus there, but it is a bit swollen and painful when i touch it. What should i do next?

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    It sounds like this may not be a Bartholin's gland cyst, but a sebaceous cyst or even an ingrown hair that got infected. I'm not a doctor, but I would say that keeping it clean, wearing cotton underwear and looser fitting pants (etc), and putting antibiotic on it (or even teatree oil, just a little bit diluted with water) is a great plan. If the swelling doesn't go down, if it oozes, or if the redness and inflammation spreads, see a doctor. Or see one now! Can't hurt.
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    Well, you want your cyst to pop, but hopefully you got all of the pus out of it or it will come back. It sounds like you'll be fine. I would stay away from the antibiotic ointment as it is too heavy for the bartholin glad opening. Just lots of warm/hot water and a little non fragrant mild soap is enough. Don't touch. I wouldn't worry about it too much.

    Just worry about prevention now that you know you haver had one. Get tested for sti's if you're concerned.

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    HI Jane,

    You seemed to have done everything right, but when mine popped, my doctor recommended ice packs 3 times a day for at least 20 mins at a time for 3-4 days. I highly recommend you go to a doctor so he can prescribe some antibiotics for you, or else the area can get infected which would be a much more serious problem.

    Hope I was helpful...good luck!

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    I personally wouldn't do it myself. You are very brave. I would ask for antibiotics from your dr now that you've popped it but there's still a chance it will fill back up again. Not to be a Debbie downer. If u can, try silica complex!!! I ordered mine online. Kept it small until it finally went away!! Good luck!
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